SOCAR receives hybrid energy efficient cars within UNDP-GEF project
Azerbaijan’s energy giant SOCAR received four hybrid energy efficient cars under the UNDP-GEF carbon mitigation project.
The cars were received by SOCAR Vice-President on ecology issues, Rafiga Huseynzada at a ceremony held at the SOCAR EcoPark in Baku’s Gala settlement on April 19.
The cars are designed to transform energy produced from combustion of gasoline into electric energy, which is used for operating the cars. The cars were purchased in the frame of the GEF-financed project jointly implemented by UNDP and SOCAR.
UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Alessandro Fracassetti, emphasized the importance of the project in piloting energy efficiency measures in Azerbaijan. He expressed hope that other state companies and the private sector would soon follow SOCAR’s experience.
Earlier, international experts conducted training in eco-driving for 12 selected SOCAR drivers. After the tests, drivers were able to reduce fuel consumption from 20 to 8 percent.
This is one of several mitigation activities for low-end carbon use sectors that have been carried out under the project. Other measures include energy efficient buildings, installation of small wind turbines and vented and flared gas capture from existing on-shore oil and gas fields.
Following the ceremony, participants reviewed project achievements in 2016 and approved work plans for 2017 at a joint Steering Committee Meeting. The event was concluded with a tree planting ceremony, facilitated by SOCAR.
Huseynzada noted that the project was part of SOCAR’s ambitious plans to become a “zero-emission company”. She mentioned that such strategy would boost Azerbaijan's economy and development, and would ensure a cleaner environment.
The project on "Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for low-carbon end-use sectors in Azerbaijan" aims to pilot energy efficient measures in three areas: in buildings, transportation and associated gas capturing. The project is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs), Azerbaijan’s National Development Strategy and SOCAR’s “zero emission” strategy.